The older we get, the tougher it is to get through a work-out without joint and muscle pain.
It's becoming the wave of the future of exercising. Professional athletes have been using aquatic workouts for rehab for a long time, and now older people are using aquatic workouts to work up a sweat.
Sylvia Toothaker recently had hip surgery, leaving her in a wheelchair and unable to complete many everyday tasks. But after starting aquatic workouts, she's come a long way. "What I'm doing in the water I could never do out of the water. I have regained my balance, and I have feeling in my leg now, which I didn't before."
Now Sylvia walks using a cane, but while she's at home, many times she can walk on her own. The key to her success is a program called 'Aquamovers'.
"Aquamovers means we're just going to move, we're going to do some cardio, some strength, and some stretching." Explained Shelly Howard, an Aquatics Instructor.
'Aquamovers' is special because not only is it working out in a normal pool, but they have treadmills and special weights to use in the water.
That means they can walk, run, squat, and jump, all without over-working their muscles and joints. "They can get a really aggressive workout with any impact." Howard said.
Sylvia thinks these workouts are better for older generations. "I think it's great for other older people too, because we can do things in the water that we can't do outside the water."
Howard explains that aquatic workouts help everyday functions. "It's important for older people to stay active so they can simply do everyday functions such as getting out of the car, getting out of the bathtub, sitting and standing, just to keep them healthy, keep their joints and muscles strong."
If you're interested in these classes, you can call Cumberland Physical Therapy.